1-10-18 “I cry for you, Argentina, Venezuela, Alaska and Alberta”

In a perverse kind of way, this week’s 50 per cent increase in Alberta’s unpopular carbon tax — to $30 per tonne of carbon dioxide emissions — could be a big gift from Rachel Notley’s NDP government to her opponent, United Conservative Party (UCP) opposition leader Jason Kenney.  Calgary Herald by Claudia Cattaneo (Photo by Dave Harbour).

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In the political Op-Ed below, Phillips combats Conservative Jason Kenney on the basis that Alberta should tax carbon because China does, because other provinces do, because the Feds will impose the investment killing tax anyway.  While rejecting oil & gas industry investment with higher taxation and regulation, Phillips’ Alberta conveniently forgets other values.  Alberta’s carbon tax hits consumers in the pocket book.  It kills high paying jobs.  It makes Alberta a less competitive investment destination.  Subsidizing alternative energies hits taxpayers who are also hard hit consumers.  And when government becomes the patron of alternate energies it makes them into “crony capitalists” that feed off the likes of Phillips’ patronage and who turn around and use their ill gotten gains to support the likes of politician Shannon Phillips.  And finally, consumers shouldn’t forget that wind generators are made with tons of mined material.  Mining requires massive fossil fuel support and when that fuel is taxed consumers pay even higher prices for the wind utilities’ electric products.  Phillips and her allies would convert the whole province into dependency on her coalitions.  Her conservative opponents would retain freedom and free enterprise which would provide both consumers and taxpayers with the lowest possible cost of products and utility services.  Phillips proclaims Alberta can “leave or be left behind.”  Better to be left behind in traditional free enterprise prosperity than become the socialist vassals of socialist cheerleaders like the author.  Once we cried for Argentina’s fall into socialist traps; now we cry for Alberta and the whole of Canada.  Oh, Argentina!  Oh, Venezuela!  Oh, Canada.  Can we not learn from the costly failures of socialism and managed economies?  -Dave Harbour commentary)

Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks.  Photo by Adrian Wyld, Canadian Press.

Op-Ed By Shannon Phillips, first appearing in Calgary Herald: Find Complete Story Here

Albertans want good jobs, a strong, diversified economy — now and for the future.

Albertans know protecting our environment and growing our economy go hand in hand. Albertans also believe in the science of climate change and want to be leaders in the new energy economy.

Albertans don’t want to be left behind as other jurisdictions take advantage of new jobs and opportunities in clean energy. Most of all, Albertans want the truth.

The truth is we have a choice: lead or be left behind.

United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney is fighting against reality, both scientifically and economically. His plan to ignore climate change and clean energy opportunities will hurt investor confidence and would roll back the important progress we’ve made in attracting investment, and diversifying our economy for the future.

The federal government has made it clear that any province that doesn’t have a plan to meet the federal carbon price benchmark by September 2018 will have the federal program imposed upon them in 2019.

The reality is they have full constitutional authority to do that and fighting it is a fool’s errand.

Carbon pricing is the global standard for reducing emissions and reversing the effects of climate change. With Manitoba’s conservative government recently announcing a carbon tax, most of Canada now prices carbon.

Our customers are also taking action. We’re seeing China, the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, implement several greenhouse gas cap-and trade systems. If we want to increase access to that market – and we do – we have to show that Alberta is doing its part.

Furthermore, we’re investing in badly needed transit projects such as the Calgary Green Line. Important investments, funded by the carbon levy, create much-needed local jobs, support the quality of life in Calgary and will help protect our environment now and in the future.

Albertans lead and innovate. We don’t stick our heads in the sand and let the world economy pass us by. Our climate leadership plan is about building on our current economy and embracing our future — one where Alberta is the most sustainable energy producer in the world, of not only oil and gas, but clean energy, too.

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About the Author:

Dave Harbour, publisher of Northern Gas Pipelines, is a former Chairman of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, a Commissioner Emeritus of NARUC, NARUC's Official Representative to IOGCC and Vice Chairman of NARUC's Gas Committee. He served as Gas Committee Chairman of the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners. He also served as commissioner of the Anchorage Bicentennial Commission and the Anchorage Heritage Land Bank Commission.He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree: English, at Colorado State University, a Master of Science Degree: Communications-Journalism at Murray State University and graduated from Utility Regulatory School for Commissioners at Michigan State University. He served as a Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs at Alaska Pacific University, taught bank marketing classes at the University of Alaska and was an English teacher at Los Alamos High School.Harbour served in ranks of Private - Captain during a 4-year assignment with the Army in Korea, Idaho, Georgia and Fort Meade and received the Meritorious Service Medal among other commendations.Harbour is also a past Chairman of the Alaska Council on Economic Education, the Alaska Oil & Gas Association Government Affairs Committee, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, the Export Council of Alaska and the Department of Commerce's District Export Council. He is a past President of the Alaska Press Club, American Bald Eagle Foundation, Consumer Energy Alliance-Alaska and Common Sense for Alaska.Harbour was instrumental in founding the American Bald Eagle Research Institute (UAS), the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, the Downtown Anchorage Business Partnership, and Arctic Power.He also served as CEO of several small Alaska organizations, including the Anchorage Parking Authority and Action Security, Inc. Harbour is also Chairman Emeritus of the Alaska Oil & Gas Congress.Harbour's wife, Nancy, is a professional, performing arts administrator and his three boys, Todd, Benjamin and William work in the fields of environmental management, energy marketing and medicine.
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